UPDATED: North Yorkshire council tax to go up - but councillors refuse pay rise

Gazette & Herald: North Yorkshire council tax bills to rise by almost 2 per cent North Yorkshire council tax bills to rise by almost 2 per cent

RESIDENTS across North Yorkshire will see their council tax bills rise next year - but councillors have today voted not to give themselves a pay increase.

North Yorkshire County Council has approved financial plans at a meeting at County Hall in Northallerton which could also see some libraries, children's centres and waste recycling sites close.

The authority has rubber-stamped a budget containing about £20 million of cuts. It has made or drawn up plans savings totalling £170 million since 2011, saying this has cut its spending power by more than a third.

The 1.99 per cent council tax rise - just below the level at which a referendum is needed - will see average Band D bills increase by about £21 a year. The council's library service will be reviewed, and libraries which are not taken over by communities may shut, while some children's centres are also likely to close.

However, councillors voted against awarding themselves a one per cent rise in their allowances, despite the increase being recommended by the authority's independent panel on members' remunerations. The panel had said it would be in line with national pay awards to civil servants.

An amendment tabled by council leader John Weighell that allowances should not rise was voted through, meaning they will not have increased since 2009/10.

Coun Weighell said: "At a time when the authority is being forced to make significant savings across the board - some of which will inevitably impact on frontline services - it would be wholly inappropriate to award ourselves an increase."

Under the 2014/15 budget proposals approved today, the way household waste recycling centres operate will be looked at, which may see new charges introduced or closures.

The council's winter maintenance budget will drop by £750,000, although it said this will not mean fewer roads being gritted.

A "significant" number of jobs will be lost "over time", with the number not being specified.

However, the authority said it would also put more money into extra-care housing for elderly residents and the Superfast North Yorkshire broadband programme, as well as focusing £5 million on repairing and maintainiong roads damaged by severe winter weather and floods in recent years.

 

 

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4:01pm Wed 19 Feb 14

pbrowne2009@live.co.uk says...

Council Tax to go up - Yet we see no improvements to get me out of my seat. No pay rise but I bet a big fat bonus to make up the difference
Council Tax to go up - Yet we see no improvements to get me out of my seat. No pay rise but I bet a big fat bonus to make up the difference pbrowne2009@live.co.uk
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5:02pm Wed 19 Feb 14

tricky1992000 says...

Council tax hits the poor a lot more than the rich. Mine is 9% of my wage. The highest is group H, they would pay 3 thousand, no matter what their wage, £100,000 a year, and they have a 3% burden. It's not right.
Council tax hits the poor a lot more than the rich. Mine is 9% of my wage. The highest is group H, they would pay 3 thousand, no matter what their wage, £100,000 a year, and they have a 3% burden. It's not right. tricky1992000
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5:17pm Wed 19 Feb 14

RooBeck says...

The NYCC Waste Disposal Sites are a very good service and should not be put in jeopardy. (They have already been reduced by one full day a week). Increased re-cycling by householders/busines
ses, rather than incinerators, should be supported by all council-tax payers and include District Authorities improving their services in this area. Overall and some would say unfortunately, we are now in the era of professional, career-driven, local-government representatives and their remuneration charges/expenses/pen
sion-pots are very generous. It would have been a far better example to the paying public, for them to have actually reduced their remunerations and for the local government/parish councils, together with the stand-alone authorities in the strong, Tory supporting County of North Yorkshire, to have followed their national government policies recommending that this tax be froze for 2014/15 and allowed financial compensation through other means. It is highly disingenuous to have ignored this and to go to the furthest hike limit and thus avoiding local referendums and which would have surely rejected these proposals out of hand. Though a separate unitary authority and different political leadership, this also includes the CofYC!
The NYCC Waste Disposal Sites are a very good service and should not be put in jeopardy. (They have already been reduced by one full day a week). Increased re-cycling by householders/busines ses, rather than incinerators, should be supported by all council-tax payers and include District Authorities improving their services in this area. Overall and some would say unfortunately, we are now in the era of professional, career-driven, local-government representatives and their remuneration charges/expenses/pen sion-pots are very generous. It would have been a far better example to the paying public, for them to have actually reduced their remunerations and for the local government/parish councils, together with the stand-alone authorities in the strong, Tory supporting County of North Yorkshire, to have followed their national government policies recommending that this tax be froze for 2014/15 and allowed financial compensation through other means. It is highly disingenuous to have ignored this and to go to the furthest hike limit and thus avoiding local referendums and which would have surely rejected these proposals out of hand. Though a separate unitary authority and different political leadership, this also includes the CofYC! RooBeck
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6:44pm Wed 19 Feb 14

gjh says...

RooBeck wrote:
The NYCC Waste Disposal Sites are a very good service and should not be put in jeopardy. (They have already been reduced by one full day a week). Increased re-cycling by householders/busines

ses, rather than incinerators, should be supported by all council-tax payers and include District Authorities improving their services in this area. Overall and some would say unfortunately, we are now in the era of professional, career-driven, local-government representatives and their remuneration charges/expenses/pen

sion-pots are very generous. It would have been a far better example to the paying public, for them to have actually reduced their remunerations and for the local government/parish councils, together with the stand-alone authorities in the strong, Tory supporting County of North Yorkshire, to have followed their national government policies recommending that this tax be froze for 2014/15 and allowed financial compensation through other means. It is highly disingenuous to have ignored this and to go to the furthest hike limit and thus avoiding local referendums and which would have surely rejected these proposals out of hand. Though a separate unitary authority and different political leadership, this also includes the CofYC!
It is not much of a choice really. Either increase council tax bills by 1.99% whilst cutting services and jobs; or freeze council tax bills, take the lesser government offer and then have to cut even more services and jobs. The least bad decision has been taken but either way the public loses out.
[quote][p][bold]RooBeck[/bold] wrote: The NYCC Waste Disposal Sites are a very good service and should not be put in jeopardy. (They have already been reduced by one full day a week). Increased re-cycling by householders/busines ses, rather than incinerators, should be supported by all council-tax payers and include District Authorities improving their services in this area. Overall and some would say unfortunately, we are now in the era of professional, career-driven, local-government representatives and their remuneration charges/expenses/pen sion-pots are very generous. It would have been a far better example to the paying public, for them to have actually reduced their remunerations and for the local government/parish councils, together with the stand-alone authorities in the strong, Tory supporting County of North Yorkshire, to have followed their national government policies recommending that this tax be froze for 2014/15 and allowed financial compensation through other means. It is highly disingenuous to have ignored this and to go to the furthest hike limit and thus avoiding local referendums and which would have surely rejected these proposals out of hand. Though a separate unitary authority and different political leadership, this also includes the CofYC![/p][/quote]It is not much of a choice really. Either increase council tax bills by 1.99% whilst cutting services and jobs; or freeze council tax bills, take the lesser government offer and then have to cut even more services and jobs. The least bad decision has been taken but either way the public loses out. gjh
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